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    Ranking the Films of the Caped Crusader

    For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen.  Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence.  Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character. […] More

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    Is There A Joker Curse? ‘Beyond The Joker: The Man Who Laughs’ Seems To Think So

    Is there a Joker curse? Beyond The Joker:The Man Who Laughs attempts to answer this question by examining the clown as an archetype throughout history. The story starts out by detailing Heath Ledger’s experience during the shooting of The Dark Knight up to his tragic death after the film wrapped. The book then jumps to 1802 the year that Joseph Grimaldi created the familiar white-face look that we still associate with clowns today. More

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    Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 2000s

    Villains are an essential part of genre cinema.  Though scores of filmmakers have attempted to create truly great villains throughout the history of film, only a few have succeeded in achieving this difficult goal. This article will take a look at the great film villains of the 2000’s. The criteria for this article is the […] More

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    Still Holding Out for Mister J

    Here the focus will be on the Joker and the argument will be we have yet to see a proper rendition on the big screen (I’m not counting certain interesting videogame versions). Before beginning, one has to concede the Cesar Romero interpretation, whatever its genuine brilliance, was too tame by half to truly merit the top spot yet an argument can be made this is the closest to seeing the Joker in the flesh. More

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    London Film Festival ’09: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Directed by Terry Gilliam A glance at the film posters could almost convince you that a new Harry Potter was upon us. The troubled final film of Heath Ledger prior to his premature death in February of last year has finally been released after a Herculean effort on the part of the […] More

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    TIFF ’09: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    Those without tolerance for Gilliam’s flights of fancy won’t find themselves as new converts, though it is of a somewhat darker hew than some of his past work… The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Directed by Terry Gilliam For most filmmakers, the death of a principal performer in the midst of a production is a crippling […] More

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    Naked Lunch Radio #48 – The Killing Joke

    It’s the year’s most anticipated film, so accordingly we’ve got an extended look at The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s latest Bat-opus. We’re going to look in-depth at Nolan’s work on the series, as well as getting into the nitty-gritty on the film itself, both in spoiler and non-spoiler segments. If you haven’t seen it yet […] More